University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: C481
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: China
Period: Qing Dynasty
Date Made: Qing Dynasty
Early Date: 1644
Late Date: 1912
Metallic Thread
Auspicious Objects
Flaming Pearl
Length: 87cm
Width: 45.5cm
Credit Line:Purchased from W. G. Moore, 1926


Kesi (split tapestry) textile panel, divided into a narrow upper register and a larger central field with a yellow, eight end satin damask border. The backing is a tabby (plain weave) textile that may be silk. Central field shows a five-clawed dragon clutching a flaming pearl above polychrome waves. Metallic threads used on dragon. Painted details are seen on the auspicious objects, rocks, and waves. The top register shows two dragons flanking a flaming pearl against a background of gold thread among clouds. The dragons, clouds, and flaming pearl are brocaded.

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